{"id":379865301002,"title":"A House in the Sky... And Other Uncommon Animal Homes","handle":"a-house-in-the-sky-and-other-uncommon-animal-homes","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/steve-jenkins\" title=\"Author Steve Jenkins\"\u003eSteve Jenkins\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/robbin-gourley\" title=\"Illustrator Robbin Gourley\"\u003eRobbin Gourley\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCaldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins gives young readers a tour of the residences of fourteen different animals.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSome animals build nests, some live in holes in the ground, and some even live in books! Turtles, birds, fish, beavers, and kangaroos are just like people—they need homes, and take up residence in unusual places. Sidebars offer more detail and a unique glimpse at the similarities between animal and human homes.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRobbin Gourley's stylish, scientifically accurate illustrations put the final polish on this stunning collection. Back matter includes more information about each animal—their habits and their habitats.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/05\/charlesbridge-unplugged-5-steve-jenkins.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to author Steve Jenkins talk about \u003cem\u003eA House in the Sky\u003c\/em\u003e on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.com\/products\/a-place-to-start-a-family\" title=\"A Place to Start a Family\"\u003eA Place to Start a Family\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/nest-nook-cranny\" title=\"Nest, Nook \u0026amp; Cranny\"\u003eNest, Nook \u0026amp; Cranny\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/at-home-in-the-coral-reef\" title=\"At Home in the Coral Reef\"\u003eAt Home in the Coral Reef\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-spread.jpg?10896473996986799309\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSteve Jenkins, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSteve Jenkins, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, has written or co-written more than thirty books about the natural world for young readers, inlcuding \u003ci\u003eDown, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eWhat Do You Do With a Tail Like This?\u003c\/i\u003e (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/steve-jenkins\" title=\"Author Steve Jenkins\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Steve here, and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/05\/charlesbridge-unplugged-5-steve-jenkins.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003elisten\u003c\/a\u003e to our podcast interview with Steve here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRobbin Gourley, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRobin Gourley is the author\/illustrator of several children's books, including \u003ci\u003eBring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis\u003c\/i\u003e (Clarion).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/robbin-gourley\" title=\"Illustrator Robbin Gourley\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Robbin here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eComing Soon!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwenty animals and their sometimes-unusual ways of sheltering themselves are presented in full-color watercolor illustrations. Though only one creature, the common swift, really makes a home in the sky (and \"eats, drinks, and sleeps on the wing\"), the animal homes in this collection are varied and occasionally surprising. Jenkins' brief text describes the houses and shelters of mammals (tree kangaroo, badger, beaver, house mouse, and raccoon), birds (reed warbler, red ovenbird, burrowing owl, common swift, satin bowerbird), Siamese fighting fish, other water dwellers (rock-boring urchin, veined octopus, hermit crab, Venus comb, whale barnacle), insects (caddis fly, termite, Mexican book beetle), and a reptile (the box turtle). Animals that construct their own shelters are interspersed with animals that find shelters prefabricated for them—and of course the box turtle carries its shelter along with it. Gourley's full-page illustrations convey the general look of each shelter, though the environments they're found in aren't always made clear. The Venus comb, for instance, looks fascinating, but is it underwater? Or not? In general, though, these simple introductions are fine beginnings and may lead curious readers to find out more. Alas, they won't find a bibliography or source suggestions. The variety of animals is a definite plus, however. Separate brief paragraphs on each creature appear in the back pages, addressing general geographic location, animal size, and diet. A pretty, introductory survey.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA thoughtful picture book about where we live and why we live there. What are houses used for—to shelter, to impress, to protect? The text raises there and other questions, and each spread includes a whimsical watercolor illustration of an animal’s home. Gourley balances muted tones with bright swipes of color to direct readers’ attentions to specific elements of the structure. The examinations of creatures going about daily life are striking. Ants work, adult birds guard babies in the nest, whales bear barnacle colonies on their backs, the tree-kangaroo sleeps, the badger burrows; houses in the sky, houses on land, and houses underwater—each scene is depicted with care and includes more detailed information in a smaller font beneath the main text. Young ones can playfully enjoy Jenkins’s warm prose and Gourley’s delicate art, while older readers can engage in exploratory learning. More robust explanations of the different species at the end of the book make it an excellent STEM offering. \u003cstrong\u003eVERDICT\u003c\/strong\u003e: Purchase for its jeu d’esprit, its attention to detail, and its respect for the intelligence of its young audience.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOpening with the idea that “animals, like people, often need a cozy place to sleep, a hideaway for escaping danger, or a safe place to raise a family,” this informative picture book introduces a series of animals and their homes. From tree kangaroos to burrowing owls to barnacles on gray whales, Jenkins writes succinctly about these animals and their surprisingly varied dwellings. Each full-page or double-page entry presents a type of home and how it serves its occupant. Well suited to younger children, the main large-print text might include several animals in the one sentence that extends over multiple pages. A sentence or two in small type relates directly to the illustration. The book’s conclusion turns the opening sentence around in a satisfying way. An appended section offers additional facts about each animal, such as its size, location, migration, and diet. Gourley’s graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations support the text beautifully. Showing a broad range of animal homes and explaining related behaviors, this book is an effective read-aloud choice in the classroom or at home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-cvr.jpg?10896473996986799309\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-hires.zip?4902598842805067619\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-780-8\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-63289-603-2 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 978-1-63289-604-9 PDF\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 3-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003eENTER TRIM SIZE 9 x 9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorrelated to Common Core State Standards:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. 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And Other Uncommon Animal Homes - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":1699,"weight":567,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-58089-780-8"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/house-in-the-sky-cover.jpg?v=1570195945"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/house-in-the-sky-cover.jpg?v=1570195945","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/steve-jenkins\" title=\"Author Steve Jenkins\"\u003eSteve Jenkins\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/robbin-gourley\" title=\"Illustrator Robbin Gourley\"\u003eRobbin Gourley\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCaldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins gives young readers a tour of the residences of fourteen different animals.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSome animals build nests, some live in holes in the ground, and some even live in books! Turtles, birds, fish, beavers, and kangaroos are just like people—they need homes, and take up residence in unusual places. Sidebars offer more detail and a unique glimpse at the similarities between animal and human homes.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRobbin Gourley's stylish, scientifically accurate illustrations put the final polish on this stunning collection. Back matter includes more information about each animal—their habits and their habitats.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/05\/charlesbridge-unplugged-5-steve-jenkins.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eListen\u003c\/a\u003e to author Steve Jenkins talk about \u003cem\u003eA House in the Sky\u003c\/em\u003e on Charlesbridge Unplugged.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.com\/products\/a-place-to-start-a-family\" title=\"A Place to Start a Family\"\u003eA Place to Start a Family\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/nest-nook-cranny\" title=\"Nest, Nook \u0026amp; Cranny\"\u003eNest, Nook \u0026amp; Cranny\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/at-home-in-the-coral-reef\" title=\"At Home in the Coral Reef\"\u003eAt Home in the Coral Reef\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-spread.jpg?10896473996986799309\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\n\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSteve Jenkins, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSteve Jenkins, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, has written or co-written more than thirty books about the natural world for young readers, inlcuding \u003ci\u003eDown, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea\u003c\/i\u003e and \u003ci\u003eWhat Do You Do With a Tail Like This?\u003c\/i\u003e (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/steve-jenkins\" title=\"Author Steve Jenkins\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Steve here, and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/charlesbridge.blogspot.com\/2018\/05\/charlesbridge-unplugged-5-steve-jenkins.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003elisten\u003c\/a\u003e to our podcast interview with Steve here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRobbin Gourley, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRobin Gourley is the author\/illustrator of several children's books, including \u003ci\u003eBring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis\u003c\/i\u003e (Clarion).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/robbin-gourley\" title=\"Illustrator Robbin Gourley\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Robbin here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eComing Soon!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwenty animals and their sometimes-unusual ways of sheltering themselves are presented in full-color watercolor illustrations. Though only one creature, the common swift, really makes a home in the sky (and \"eats, drinks, and sleeps on the wing\"), the animal homes in this collection are varied and occasionally surprising. Jenkins' brief text describes the houses and shelters of mammals (tree kangaroo, badger, beaver, house mouse, and raccoon), birds (reed warbler, red ovenbird, burrowing owl, common swift, satin bowerbird), Siamese fighting fish, other water dwellers (rock-boring urchin, veined octopus, hermit crab, Venus comb, whale barnacle), insects (caddis fly, termite, Mexican book beetle), and a reptile (the box turtle). Animals that construct their own shelters are interspersed with animals that find shelters prefabricated for them—and of course the box turtle carries its shelter along with it. Gourley's full-page illustrations convey the general look of each shelter, though the environments they're found in aren't always made clear. The Venus comb, for instance, looks fascinating, but is it underwater? Or not? In general, though, these simple introductions are fine beginnings and may lead curious readers to find out more. Alas, they won't find a bibliography or source suggestions. The variety of animals is a definite plus, however. Separate brief paragraphs on each creature appear in the back pages, addressing general geographic location, animal size, and diet. A pretty, introductory survey.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA thoughtful picture book about where we live and why we live there. What are houses used for—to shelter, to impress, to protect? The text raises there and other questions, and each spread includes a whimsical watercolor illustration of an animal’s home. Gourley balances muted tones with bright swipes of color to direct readers’ attentions to specific elements of the structure. The examinations of creatures going about daily life are striking. Ants work, adult birds guard babies in the nest, whales bear barnacle colonies on their backs, the tree-kangaroo sleeps, the badger burrows; houses in the sky, houses on land, and houses underwater—each scene is depicted with care and includes more detailed information in a smaller font beneath the main text. Young ones can playfully enjoy Jenkins’s warm prose and Gourley’s delicate art, while older readers can engage in exploratory learning. More robust explanations of the different species at the end of the book make it an excellent STEM offering. \u003cstrong\u003eVERDICT\u003c\/strong\u003e: Purchase for its jeu d’esprit, its attention to detail, and its respect for the intelligence of its young audience.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOpening with the idea that “animals, like people, often need a cozy place to sleep, a hideaway for escaping danger, or a safe place to raise a family,” this informative picture book introduces a series of animals and their homes. From tree kangaroos to burrowing owls to barnacles on gray whales, Jenkins writes succinctly about these animals and their surprisingly varied dwellings. Each full-page or double-page entry presents a type of home and how it serves its occupant. Well suited to younger children, the main large-print text might include several animals in the one sentence that extends over multiple pages. A sentence or two in small type relates directly to the illustration. The book’s conclusion turns the opening sentence around in a satisfying way. An appended section offers additional facts about each animal, such as its size, location, migration, and diet. Gourley’s graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations support the text beautifully. Showing a broad range of animal homes and explaining related behaviors, this book is an effective read-aloud choice in the classroom or at home.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-cvr.jpg?10896473996986799309\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/house-in-the-sky-hires.zip?4902598842805067619\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-780-8\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-63289-603-2 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 978-1-63289-604-9 PDF\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 3-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003eENTER TRIM SIZE 9 x 9\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorrelated to Common Core State Standards:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

A House in the Sky... And Other Uncommon Animal Homes

By: Steve Jenkins / Illustrated by: Robbin Gourley

Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins gives young readers a tour of the residences of fourteen different animals.

Some animals build nests, some live in holes in the ground, and some even live in books! Turtles, birds, fish, beavers, and kangaroos are just like people—they need homes, and take up residence in unusual places. Sidebars offer more detail and a unique glimpse at the similarities between animal and human homes.

Robbin Gourley's stylish, scientifically accurate illustrations put the final polish on this stunning collection. Back matter includes more information about each animal—their habits and their habitats.

Listen to author Steve Jenkins talk about A House in the Sky on Charlesbridge Unplugged.

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Steve Jenkins, author

Steve Jenkins, recipient of a Caldecott Honor, has written or co-written more than thirty books about the natural world for young readers, inlcuding Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Read more about Steve here, and listen to our podcast interview with Steve here.


Robbin Gourley, illustrator

Robin Gourley is the author/illustrator of several children's books, including Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis (Clarion).

Read more about Robbin here.

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Kirkus Reviews

Twenty animals and their sometimes-unusual ways of sheltering themselves are presented in full-color watercolor illustrations. Though only one creature, the common swift, really makes a home in the sky (and "eats, drinks, and sleeps on the wing"), the animal homes in this collection are varied and occasionally surprising. Jenkins' brief text describes the houses and shelters of mammals (tree kangaroo, badger, beaver, house mouse, and raccoon), birds (reed warbler, red ovenbird, burrowing owl, common swift, satin bowerbird), Siamese fighting fish, other water dwellers (rock-boring urchin, veined octopus, hermit crab, Venus comb, whale barnacle), insects (caddis fly, termite, Mexican book beetle), and a reptile (the box turtle). Animals that construct their own shelters are interspersed with animals that find shelters prefabricated for them—and of course the box turtle carries its shelter along with it. Gourley's full-page illustrations convey the general look of each shelter, though the environments they're found in aren't always made clear. The Venus comb, for instance, looks fascinating, but is it underwater? Or not? In general, though, these simple introductions are fine beginnings and may lead curious readers to find out more. Alas, they won't find a bibliography or source suggestions. The variety of animals is a definite plus, however. Separate brief paragraphs on each creature appear in the back pages, addressing general geographic location, animal size, and diet. A pretty, introductory survey.

School Library Journal

A thoughtful picture book about where we live and why we live there. What are houses used for—to shelter, to impress, to protect? The text raises there and other questions, and each spread includes a whimsical watercolor illustration of an animal’s home. Gourley balances muted tones with bright swipes of color to direct readers’ attentions to specific elements of the structure. The examinations of creatures going about daily life are striking. Ants work, adult birds guard babies in the nest, whales bear barnacle colonies on their backs, the tree-kangaroo sleeps, the badger burrows; houses in the sky, houses on land, and houses underwater—each scene is depicted with care and includes more detailed information in a smaller font beneath the main text. Young ones can playfully enjoy Jenkins’s warm prose and Gourley’s delicate art, while older readers can engage in exploratory learning. More robust explanations of the different species at the end of the book make it an excellent STEM offering. VERDICT: Purchase for its jeu d’esprit, its attention to detail, and its respect for the intelligence of its young audience.

Booklist

Opening with the idea that “animals, like people, often need a cozy place to sleep, a hideaway for escaping danger, or a safe place to raise a family,” this informative picture book introduces a series of animals and their homes. From tree kangaroos to burrowing owls to barnacles on gray whales, Jenkins writes succinctly about these animals and their surprisingly varied dwellings. Each full-page or double-page entry presents a type of home and how it serves its occupant. Well suited to younger children, the main large-print text might include several animals in the one sentence that extends over multiple pages. A sentence or two in small type relates directly to the illustration. The book’s conclusion turns the opening sentence around in a satisfying way. An appended section offers additional facts about each animal, such as its size, location, migration, and diet. Gourley’s graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations support the text beautifully. Showing a broad range of animal homes and explaining related behaviors, this book is an effective read-aloud choice in the classroom or at home.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-780-8

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-63289-603-2 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-604-9 PDF
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Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32
ENTER TRIM SIZE 9 x 9

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade K. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1-4, 6-8, 10